Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: An Update

Faiz Fatteh, Naaz Fatteh, Abdullah Fatteh

Abstract


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5915/17-2_3-12760

The sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) accounts for most of the deaths in infancy. The precise etiology of this condition, despite extensive research, remains unknown. Each year additional studies advance newer explanations. In this paper an attempt is made to review the old and the new theories explaining why an apparently healthy infant dies. The pathological investigations in the past have not contributed substantially in solving the mystery of the SIDS etiology. The clinical studies also have not provided complete answers but they have helped recognize the entity of near-SIDS paving the way to possible prevention of the SIDS. Current thinking on this subject is presented for the primary care physicians and the researchers.


Keywords


SIDS; Neonatal mortality; Pediatrics

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5915/17-2_3-12760




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